Some Guidelines & Advices to Da’wah Workers
Islam is a pleasant religion, accepted by Allah. Its preaching is attracted by the people of all folks of life. Islam preaches softness, kindness, propriety, prudence and accommodating others interests. It advises to call others, who are different in opinions and non-Muslims, with graceful manners.
Islam that guides to adopt softness, eloquent and elegance in preaching others, advises to follow softness and elegance in all matters.
Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) says, ”The religion most liked by Allah is the easy religion that stands in truth forever apart from false.” (Musnad Ahmed - 5/266)
Once Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Religion is easy, and no one overburdens himself in his religion but he will be unable to continue in that way”. “Saheeh Al-Bukhari-39”
Therefore, we should always follow the way of elegance in all our activities, namely, in our Khutba preaching, speeches in the services of Da’wah as Allah likes this good manners of elegance and kindness.
Once Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to Aiysha (Raliyallahu Anha), “O, Aiysha “Allah is Kind and He loves kindness in all things.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari - 6024”
Allah ordered Moosa (Alihissalam) and Haroon (Alaihissalam) to go to Firoun, who claimed he was the Creator, and speak to him softly. Thus, Allah says this in al Quran,
“So, (both of you) speak to him in soft words. May be, he accepts the advice or fears (Allah)” (Sura Thaha: 44)
When the prophets were striving in the Da’wah field even though they came across the worst opposing they behaved in good manners and spoke softly. Following incident is witnessing this:
Prophet Ibrahim’s (Alaihissalam) father warned him saying,
“He said, Are you averse to my gods O Ibrahim? Should you not stop, I will definitely stone you. And leave me for good.” (Sura Maryam: 47)
He (Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam) said, Peace on you. I shall seek forgiveness for you from my Lord. He has always been gracious to me. (Sura Maryam: 47) Allah has recorded this in the Holy Quran.
Similarly, when the Prophets Nooh,Hooth, Salih and Shuaib (Alaihimussalam) went to their people strived in the work of Da’wah how much they were soft, and elegant in calling them was explained in Soorathul A’raaf.
It was written in many Ahadeeth Books how Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) accommodated the opposing Mushriqs and Munafiqs, he handled them softly and elegantly.
The basics of Hiqmah in the services of Islamic Da’wah means with intelligence and beautiful advices. Al Quran says as follows:
“Invite (people) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good counsel.” (Soora An Nahl: 125)
When you are in the field of Da’wah if any opportunities come across for argument Al Quran guides us to undertake it in a very beautiful manner.
“And argue with them in the best of manners. Surely, your Lord knows best the one who deviates from His way, and He knows best the ones who are on the right path...” (Soora An Nahl: 125)
When striving in the field of Da’wah if we lose softness and elegance we will have to even lose our closest people. Allah says the following to the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam):
“So, (O Prophet) it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and seek Forgiveness for them. Consult them in the matter and, once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him. ’ (Soora Aala Imran: 159)
When elegance is lost, all merits will also be lost. The following prophetic saying is a good example:
Jareer Bin Abdillah (Rariyallahu Anhu) informs as Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) narrated,
“Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.’ (Muslim - 2592)
Ulamas are heirs to the Prophets. And, in the activities of Da’wah, especially, during Khutba Speeches you should approach and address the people in the similar way how the prophets approached and addressed in their Da’wah.
When clarifying to the public on the issues of anti-Islamic principles or people of any incorrect dogma in Khutba speeches or any other speeches should choose the best and soft words while following the Islamic discipline.
When clarifying to the public on the issues of anti-Islamic principles or people of any incorrect dogma in Khutba speeches or any other speeches should choose the best and soft words while following prudence and the Islamic discipline. It is the best quality of a truthful propagator, who speaks with good words, protecting his tongue.
When any opinions crop up against the fundamentals of Islam in the social media, clarifications should be given to them patiently and intelligently within the boundaries of Islam. Unscrupulous words or words of hatred humiliating others or other communities should be strictly avoided.
You should also strictly avoid showing your happiness if any person of other religions is in trouble, difficulty or any loss. Islam is guiding to pray for even the enemies for showing the right path. It is important to guide all towards this advice.
Khutba should be done in the usage of simple and easy language so that an ordinary layman could understand. The following Ahadeeth clarifies this:
Anas (Raliyallahu Anhu) informs that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) narrated, “Make things easy (for people) and do not make things difficult, give glad tidings and do not put people off.”
If all our Da’wah workers follow the above guidelines fruitful results could be achieved. The following matters also have to be taken into consideration:
May Allah Ta’ala bless all of us to understand the truth and follow according to the soft and kind ways with the people in striving in the path of Allah.
Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak,
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.